Sco­tia Ja­maica Foun­da­tion cel­e­brates 20 years

Jamaica Gleaner - - CLASSIFIEDS - Keisha Hill Gleaner Writer keisha.hill@glean­

AF­TER 20 years, the Sco­ti­aFoun­da­tion re­mains com­mit­ted to its ob­jec­tives of sup­port­ing na­tion-build­ing in­ter­ven­tions to im­prove ed­u­ca­tion and health care and pro­mot­ing com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment. Es­tab­lished on Fe­bru­ary 13, 1996, with an en­dow­ment fund of J$100 mil­lion Sco­ti­aFoun­da­tion fo­cuses on de­vel­op­ment, par­tic­u­larly of youth, through sports, ed­u­ca­tion and health care.

Ac­cord­ing to Joy­lene Grif­fiths Irv­ing, di­rec­tor, cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Sco­ti­aFoun­da­tion at Sco­tia­bank Ja­maica, it is im­por­tant to con­tinue the work they have been do­ing be­cause they make a dif­fer­ence in the lives of those who re­ally need as­sis­tance.


“There are stu­dents who oth­er­wise would never have had the op­por­tu­nity to at­tend high school or pur­sue ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion. Joy­lene Grif­fiths Irv­ing (front right), ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Sco­ti­aFoun­da­tion, poses with the 2016 ben­e­fi­cia­ries of sco­l­io­sis surg­eries and the hos­pi­tal team. The pre­sen­ta­tions to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries were made at the Kingston Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal re­cently. They could dream about it de­vel­op­ment, cul­ture and pro­tec­tion the stag­ing of its own Nu­tri­tion be­fore but those dreams be­came of the en­vi­ron­ment. The for Learn­ing Week. a re­al­ity through the 31 projects spear­headed by the Some 1,545 chil­dren at nine Sco­ti­aFoun­da­tion,” Grif­fiths Foun­da­tion have pos­i­tively ben­e­fi­ciary schools in four Irv­ing said. im­pacted more than 13,000 parishes this year en­joyed a

The Sco­ti­aFoun­da­tion has chil­dren. dou­ble treat when na­tional main­tained its strate­gic fo­cus on In­vest­ing in ed­u­ca­tion, lead­ers, as well as foun­da­tion

ac­cord­ing to Grif­fiths Irv­ing, en­hanc­ing the qual­ity of life for di­rec­tors and se­nior man­agers,

is one of the most pow­er­ful the na­tion’s chil­dren and has who vis­ited their schools, pre­pared

agents of so­cial and eco­nomic recorded some 12,790 vol­un­teer and served break­fast. trans­for­ma­tion. Since its hours on projects which pro­mote Un­der the Sco­l­io­sis and Spine

in­cep­tion in 1999, the Shin­ing ed­u­ca­tion, child health and Care Pro­gramme, the foun­da­tion

Star Schol­ar­ships awarded to and its part­ner, -Med­i­cal well­ness, sports and com­mu­nity out­stand­ing per­form­ers in the

Tech­nolo­gies Lim­ited, cov­ered an­nual Grade Six

the cost of the life-sav­ing Achieve­ment Test, has opened

surgery for 10 young­sters op­por­tu­ni­ties for ed­u­ca­tional

be­tween ages 14 and 18 at ad­vance­ment to many young­sters.

the Kingston Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal. A to­tal of 113 stu­dents are cur­rently ben­e­fit­ting from This to­tals 75 ben­e­fi­cia­ries Sco­ti­aFoun­da­tion Shin­ing Star since the pro­gramme be­gan. Schol­ar­ships at the se­condary The foun­da­tion also and ter­tiary lev­els. con­tin­ues to sup­port the Sal­va­tion Army’s an­nual Christ­mas Red Ket­tle Drive, one of the group’s long­stand­ing com­mit­ments, with sup­port in­clud­ing col­lec­tions in branches is­land­wide.The Sco­ti­aFoun­da­tion also fo­cuses on the en­vi­ron­ment through the Sco­tia Goes Green pro­gramme.


“The com­mu­ni­ties that many of these chil­dren live in look up to them as achiev­ers and lead­ers and see them as an ex­am­ple which reaf­firms their de­sire to be more de­ter­mined to work hard and be suc­cess­ful,” Grif­fiths Irv­ing said.

The foun­da­tion has re­branded its break­fast pro­gramme with Prime Min­is­ter An­drew Hol­ness gives a warm greet­ing to Au­drey Tug­well-Henry, se­nior gen­eral man­ager for re­tail bank­ing at the Na­tional Com­mer­cial Bank (NCB), af­ter they both ad­dressed lo­cal and over­seas del­e­gates, vis­it­ing from over 40 coun­tries, at­tend­ing the three-day Foromic Con­fer­ence held at the Mon­tego Bay Con­ven­tion Cen­tre re­cently. NCB was the di­a­mond spon­sor. SE­NIOR GEN­ERAL man­ager for re­tail bank­ing at the Na­tional Com­mer­cial Bank (NCB), Au­drey Tug­wellHenry, said it was a bless­ing for Ja­maica to have been cho­sen to host the Foromic Con­fer­ence.

She pre­dicts that there will be sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits to be seized by mi­cro, small and mi­cro en­ter­prises (MSMEs) in Ja­maica in the medium-to long-term pe­riod.

“Foromic gave us a tremen­dous op­por­tu­nity to show­case Ja­maica and its pos­i­tive­ness to in­clude a sta­ble democ­racy, an open econ­omy, a strong fi­nan­cial net­work that is ro­bustly reg­u­lated and a strong re­la­tion­ship with the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund,” Tug­wellHenry af­firmed.

The highly re­spected three­day Foromic Con­fer­ence was held in Mon­tego Bay last week.

Foromic is con­sid­ered the most im­por­tant an­nual event to be held in Latin Amer­ica and the Caribbean, which ad­dresses mi­cro­fi­nance, en­trepreneur­ship, fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion and de­vel­op­ment of mi­cro, small and mi­cro­fi­nance en­ter­prises within the re­gion.

Es­tab­lished in 1998, the Mul­ti­lat­eral In­vest­ment Fund , a mem­ber of the In­ter Amer­i­can De­vel­op­ment Bank (IDB) has staged con­fer­ences in Latin Amer­ica an­nu­ally for the past 18 years. Ja­maica was host­ing the con­fer­ence for the first time in its his­tory.

“We see it as an av­enue to let other coun­tries within the re­gion be aware of the po­ten­tials and the net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that ex­ist in Ja­maica.

We also see it as an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore op­por­tu­ni­ties, which MSMEs in Ja­maica and the re­gion can ben­e­fit from,” Tug­well-Henry added.

Tug­well-Henry said that for decades, NCB had built a firm rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing a huge sup­porter of MSMEs and to demon­strate their com­mit­ment to be­ing a part of the de­vel­op­ment and growth of the MSME sec­tor in Ja­maica, NCB has built a unit ded­i­cated to achiev­ing this ob­jec­tive.

To have earned the ti­tle as di­a­mond spon­sor of the Foromic con­fer­ence did not come cheaply for NCB, who sees it as not an ex­pense, but a pru­dent in­vest­ment for MSMEs and Ja­maica as a whole.



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